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Multilingualism and Sustainable Development



Dr Gioia Panzarella

Module Leader

Term 1
10 weeks
10 lecture hours
10 seminars
Not available to students outside the School for Cross-Faculty Studies

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The information on this page relates to the 2020-21 academic year

Principal Aims

This module aims to:

  • engage students in the debate on the absence of any reference to languages in the SDGs by considering the centrality of languages to access rights, in particular in terms of equality, diversity, and inclusion;
  • equip students with key theoretical tools in the areas of multilingualism, sociolinguistics, and language policy;
  • use linguistic autobiographies and recent artistic productions (television, cinema, literature, comic books) as examples to explore methodologies and topics in the area of languages and multilingualism;
  • explore language policies at national and international level in areas such as: the requirement of language certificates; policies around sign languages; the importance of multilingual education policies; language issues in displaced populations and minority communities.

Principal Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students will be able to:

-- develop a critical understanding of key theoretical tools in the areas of languages and multilingualism

-- engage critically with current linguistic and sociolinguistic policies and debates

-- examine representations of multilingualism in artistic productions

-- develop a deep (socio-)linguistic self-awareness

-- implement reflective practices that facilitate learning